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Read Chapters 4 and 5 pp.80-126 (up to “The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact”) “The First Five Year Plan” and “High Stalinism” in the Kenez text.
1. The Bolshevik Revolution intended to realize the promises of “communism” by means of “dictatorship of the proletariat”. Discuss that topic in terms of the First Five Year Plan. What was the purpose of the plan and how did collectivization and industrialization by the proletariat hope to fulfill that realization? 2. Describe what collectivization was, its purpose, how it was carried out (kolkhoz or collective farm and sovkhoz or state farm) and how (or not) it achieved its goal?
3. Describe the purpose and nature of industrialization, the social (class, gender) change that it precipitated, and its success or failure in terms of modernization, national power, and wealth. What part did young people play in the dramatic changes taking place in Russia at that time?
4. Kenez explains what “High Stalinism” of the 1930’s is in terms of political terror, economic terror, social terror and ideological terror. In a paragraph each, define the term and then give several concrete examples (using dates, people, places) of how each type of terror manifested itself.
Thinking About A Planned Economy
How does a planned economy determine how much things cost (pricing) and, therefore, how does it know if it is efficiently using resources? Is there such a thing as “profit”? What does “getting ahead” mean?


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